Ms. Lauryn Hill performs at Glastonbury Festival 2019
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BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Festival 2020: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Alice Smith, Victory Boyd & More Announced
BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Festival (BGR!FEST), the multi-day live event and speaker series that celebrates black women artists, thought leaders and creatives, has announced the lineup and event schedule for its 2020 edition. The four-day event, taking place March 5-8 during International Women's Day weekend across the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts campus in Washington, D.C., has confirmed headliner Ms. Lauryn Hill, Alice Smith, Victory Boyd and many other artists and speakers for its second annual installment.
BGR!FEST 2020 will feature multiple music-centric events across the weekend. The BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Concert Series, a two-day event (March 6-7) will feature eight-time GRAMMY winner Ms. Lauryn Hill and opener Alice Smith. The BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Unplugged Secret Shows, a series of intimate late-night concerts featuring surprise guests and performers, will take place nightly, except for Sunday. The BLACK GIRLS ROCK! WHO ROCKS NEXT shows, which spotlight emerging talents, will host soul-folk artist Victory Boyd on Friday and West Coast rapper ill Camille on Saturday. The weekend ends with the event's official closing day party and jam session, held on International Women's Day (Sunday, March 8), featuring BLACK GIRLS ROCK! CEO and celebrity DJ Beverly Bond and friends.
Beyond the music, BGR!FEST 2020 will present a free multi-part speaker series and panel presentation that will discuss entrepreneurship and business leadership; protection and advocacy for black women in the #MeToo era; and the importance of representation in Hollywood and media. The festival is also hosting the BLACK GIRLS LEAD Empowerment Circle, a private event featuring discussions with artist/activist Maimouna Youssef, aka Mumu Fresh, and Victory Boyd.
BGR!FEST is an extension of BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, a multifaceted brand that focuses on the empowerment of women and girls of color. Last year, the BLACK GIRLS ROCK Awards, an annual award show broadcasted on BET, featured performances from Erykah Badu, Common, India.Arie, Ari Lennox and many others.
For information on tickets, full lineup and event schedule for BGR!FEST 2020, visit the festival's official website.